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Mandate for Partnerships

The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was designated by the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) as the focal point for discussion on partnerships that promote sustainable development.

At its eleventh session in 2003, the Commission stressed that partnerships in the context of the WSSD process and its follow-up should be developed and implemented in accordance with a set of agreed criteria and guidelines, taking note of the preliminary work undertaken on partnerships during the preparatory process for the Summit, including the Bali Guiding Principles and General Assembly resolution 56/76.

Subsequently, the General Assembly, in its resolutions 58/129 and 60/215 and the Economic and Social Council in its resolution 2003/61, have recognized the important contribution of partnerships for sustainable development to the implementation of internationally agreed sustainable development commitments and goals, and the continuing efforts of the Secretariat of the Commission on Sustainable Development to promote these partnerships.